Dumfries and Galloway Labour MP Russell Brown will be kicking off a series of specialist “Debt Advice Surgeries” for constituents this week.
he local MP will be holding the first Debt Advice Surgery in his constituency office in Stranraer on Friday 7 November, where he will be joined by advisers from Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service to assist constituents seeking specialist debt advice.
Russell Brown said, “There is no doubt that a growing number of cases I am receiving from constituents relate to debt issues. As we approach Christmas, I know this is an anxious time for many families struggling to make ends meet. At a time bills are rising, but benefits and wages aren’t, it can be very easy for people to get into debt. With more cuts in benefits on the way and more and more people finding themselves being made redundant, debt problems can creep up on anybody. However, often speaking to someone and getting clear advice can help. That’s why I’m holding a series of Debt Advice surgeries across Dumfries and Galloway starting this week. I’m grateful to Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service who are supporting this initiative by making available an adviser to attend the surgery who can provide specialist money advice on a wide range of debt related issues. No debt problems are unsolvable. It might not be easy or quick, but there's always a route and the earlier people deal with the debt problems, the easier they are to deal with. These surgeries are in addition to my regular weekly advice surgeries across Dumfries and Galloway, where constituents can continue to raise any issues they want. However, I felt it was important to provide that extra dedicated support to constituents facing debt problems particularly at this time of year”.
Any member of the public wishing to make an appointment at the first Debt Advice Surgery, or any of his weekly surgeries, can contact Russell’s Stranraer office on 01776 705254 or his Dumfries office on 01387 247902.